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  • Anton Chekhov

    In this classic short story, Chekhov takes a snapshot of the Russian life, illuminating the harsh complexities and yet subtle simplicities that interact seamlessly together. The cold and gloom of the Russian environment cannot compare to the relationship that Pavel Andreitch, a rich aristocratic, has with his wife, who is no longer in love, or even tolerant of her husband, although helplessly reliant on his financial support. Their disintegrating relationship is set to the backdrop of the starving peasants of the lower classes, illuminating the perennial tension of an egotistical, self-centered man and the struggling goodness of a woman who cares about more than just...read more

  • Anton Chekhov

    This well-known short story tells of an adulterous affair between a Russian banker, Dmitry Gurov and a young lady he meets while vacationing in Yalta, Anna Von Diederitz. The couple spend much time together but since Anna is married and lives far away, Gurov has obstacles to overcome in formalizing this...read more

  • Anonymous

    This original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale of a poor child named Aladdin. He is approached by a man who tells him he is the brother of his father, who had died years ago. He needs Aladdin to help him retrieve an old oil lamp from a cave, but tricks him and traps him inside the cave. But Aladdin escapes with the lamp and his life. One day, when his mother is cleaning the lamp a powerful genie appears who must give the holder of the lamp whatever they wish. That may seem wonderful, but listen to this story to see how that can get a person into...read more

  • Miguel de Cervantes

    This is a fantastical comedy about an old man who has read so many books about knights errant that he is convinced that he is one himself. He sets out on a series of adventures with his trusted and true servant Sancho Panza. But with every adventure it is amazing that he is able to survive the story...read more

  • Tony Nwoye

    If something is part of you, then you will only struggle to let go of it, but the reality remains that you can only attempt and not erase it because it is part of your very existence. Mistake is part of every human and that is why we can only attempt to exonerate ourselves from mistakes, but it is a task that we will continue to do until the very end. Some of the things that normally cost us our future are those things that we regard as being nothing, but in reality that is what will bring us down unexpectedly. The truth of life is such that if we believe that we can come up with a perfect decision on any issue, then we will always be a victim of illusion because in every decision we make...read more

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    A poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge after awaking from an opium induced dream of Xanadu, the summer palace of the Emperor Kublai Khan. A much more extensive poem came to him upon awaking, but he was interrupted while writing it down and then could not remember the remaining...read more

  • Plato

    From Book IV of the Republic. Plato's description of the effects of knowledge and how it is to be gained. It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and...read more

  • Thomas Jefferson

    On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the United State Declaration of Independence. The document declared the independence of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. The Declaration justified the independence of the United Sates by listing a number of grievances against King George III, and by asserting certain natural rights. The document was written primarily by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 of the most influential and well known politicians, statesman and delegates of the time including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock and Thomas...read more

  • William Dean Howells

    This collection of Poetry and Prose is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth. Michelle celebrates her triumph over mental illness and promotes resilience and self-love in her...read more

  • O.Henry

    This is a short story about a poor, young, married couple who both sell their most prized possession in order to purchase a holiday gift for the other. A lesson in sacrifice and the true meaning of giving is beautifully told in this classic tale with a heart wrenching...read more

  • Immanuel Kant

    In the modern era, we take the concept of Enlightenment for granted. The concepts of personal freedom, liberty and the ability to think for one-self have become a personal choice and fundamental to our everyday lives. Yet in 1784, when the essay was written, the concept of Enlightenment was an emerging idea and still a vague notion to most people. What is important for the modern listener in this essay is how Kant outlines those things that discourage enlightenment as well as those things that can enhance it on a personal and social level. The WIKIPEDIA link below provides a more detailed analysis of the essay, although the listener will appreciate how many of the issues defined by Kant are...read more

  • William Dean Howells

    This short story is a delightful tale of a writer with a deadline who is on a winter walk. This story epitomizes an example of the creative path that a writer may take while viewing a normal everyday scene and formulating a cohesive story line from the basic...read more

  • Oscar Wilde

    This story is from the book the Happy Prince and other Stories. In these tales, most of them being sad and even very sad, Oscar Wilde looks for a way to save one's soul in front of the misery of the world. In these tales the character will manage to obtain their salvation from their upper class blindness, by opening their eyes to misery and suffering and by doing what they can to repair these pains and...read more

  • W.W. Jacobs

    Like the genie of the lamp, the Monkey's Paw holds a special ability to grant the owner of the relic three wishes. Listen to this short story unfold about a man and his wife and how they start off with a wish that they feel will bring their life more comfort – but in reality will turn it upside...read more

  • H.G. Wells

    This is a charming tale from H.G. Wells about a young boy named Gip who visits a magic shop for his birthday with his father. But this is not just any magic shop – the shopkeeper insists that this is a genuine magic shop. The story is an entertaining adventure as Gip, like any young boy of his age, experiences the pure enjoyment of true magic while his skeptical father grapples with having to draw the line between slight of hand and genuine...read more

  • Bret Harte

    Cherokee Sal, the only woman in a remote mining camp dies while giving birth. The child is called Luck and is adopted by the complete camp. This exciting story is a touching tale of how the birth of a child brings together an entire community of men in an effort to care and raise the child in the harsh mining...read more

  • William Blake

    William Blake is known for some very mystical hard-to-understand poetry, but his 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience' is very different from his other work. Innocence was printed five years before Experience, but the books complement each other: the first consisting of poems telling of the innocence of the world, and the second tempering these poems with contrasting tales about experience. Here in beautiful, almost child-like simplicity, he describes childhood and purity, as well as the darker realities of corruption and...read more

  • Khalil Gibran

    Kahlil Gibran (author of The Prophet) was a Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystical poet and artist. During the last 20 years of his life, he lived in the United States, where his works gained recognition and influence within the American popular culture. This abridged audio of The Madman communicates in stories and metaphors Gibran's belief that if a sensible way of living and thinking could be found, people would have mastery over their...read more

  • Edgar Allan Poe

    This is a tale of an old man, Roderick Usher, who is being driven mad after his sister died and was entombed in a vault in the basement. Over the course of the story the unraveling of a terrible atrocity comes to light and threatens to avenge everyone dwelling in the House of...read more

  • Wassily Kandinsky

    Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian-born artist, was one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting. His forms evolved from fluid and organic, to geometric, and finally to pictographic. Kandinsky was also an accomplished musician and believed in the concept that color and musical harmony are linked. He even claimed that when he saw color he heard music. Listen to this abridged audio of his insightful...read more